On Monday, Vogue Nippon presented its annual Women of the Year awards, which started in 2005. The magazine also gave out several Women of the Decade awards, in honor of the magazine’s 10th anniversary this year.
A total of ten women were honored. The 2009 Women of the Year were Aya Ueto (24), Yu Aoi (24), Yukie Nakama (29), and playwright Yukiko Motoya (30). The Women of the Decade awards went to actress Rie Miyazawa (36), model Ai Tominaga (27), artist Yayoi Kusama (80), actress Shinobu Otake (52), former tennis pro Ai Sugiyama (34), and Yoko Ono (76). Ono was not present at the ceremony, but she recorded a video message for the event.
Two with ties to Okinawa: Aya Ueto and Yukie Nakama.